Don’s Top 10 For December 1, 1985
Back into time with “The Time Machine” to Sunday, December 1, 1985. Here are the local top 10 singles.
“Election Day” by Arcadia
(#11 last week) One of two Duran Duran offshoots to hit big in '85 *(Power Station was the other). This one had the same lead singer, Simon LeBon, along with Nick Rhodes & Roger Taylor, although Taylor refused to appear in the videos or promote the record. Grace Jones sings backup.
“Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer
(#6 last week) The last instrumental to hit #1. The only Czech artist I can think of to ever have an American hit. The original idea for “Miami Vice” were two words: “MTV cops”. Supercool then, but dated now. And how 'bout those pushed up suit sleeves? Yikes.
“Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister
(#9 last week) Perfect timing: this was released at the same time the band began a run as Tina Turner's opening act on tour. The song was co-written with lyricist John Lang, who was inspired by a book called “Broken Wings” written by Kahlil Gibran.
“That’s What Friends Are for” by Dionne & Friends (Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
(#8 last week) As if this weren't already star-laden enough, it was written by songwriting legends Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager (husband & wife at the time) for the 1982 movie “Night Shift”. It was first recorded by Rod Stewart.
“Who’s Zoomin’ Who” by Aretha Franklin
(#7 last week) Top 10 on four national charts, pop, R&B, dance & AC, this was Aretha's followup to “Freeway Of Love”.
“You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey
(#4 last week) Glenn hasn't performed this solo hit from the “Miami Vice” soundtrack with the Eagles since 2005. All instruments were performed by Frey except the saxophone part played by studio musician Bill Bergman, as well as the drum track by Frey's long-time drummer, Michael Huey.
“We Built This City” by Starship
(#5 last week) In the I-did-not-know-this department, this was co-written by Bernie Taupin of Elton John fame. While this was nominated for a Grammy, later on, the song's reputation suffered. Blender Magazine named it #1 on their “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs EVER” list. Ouch!
“Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder
(#1 last week) Aretha's hit was top 10 on four charts, but Stevie was #1 on those same four charts, an incredible achievement. Stevie desrcibed the song as an ode to “You Can't Hurry Love” & “My World Is Empty Without You,” both by The Supremes, former Motown label mates of Wonder.
“Conga” by Miami Sound Machine
(#2 last week) Insanely catchy irst single from the Machine's second English-language album, but their ninth overall. People still get up & dance to this at family events like weddings.
“Separate Lives” by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
(#3 last week; 1st week at #1) Talk about a completely forgotten #1 song! Has this even been played at all since '85? Music from the soundtrack of an almost-equally forgotten movie, “White Nights”. Written by Stephen Bishop, who had three hits of his own as an artist.